The Flyers made one minor move in addition to their two first round pick selections by bringing back defender Sam Morin.
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Flyers agreed to terms on 3-year deal with Sam Morin. Source: AAV of $700,000</p>— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) <a href=”https://twitter.com/SWhyno/status/1010355624641814528?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 23, 2018</a></blockquote>
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At three years and 700K, this is a low risk high reward move for the Flyers.
With Morin missing most of the 2018-19 season due to a Torn ACL, the Flyers will be able to use him for LTIR if needed. However, given the Ron Hextall process hasn’t involved big name UFA signings, it’s likely he won’t be needed in that regard.
There are really no risks with this deal, if Morin doesn’t pan out, his cap hit comes in under the bury threshold and he can be dropped on the Phantoms for three years and not qualified on the expiry.
But let’s ignore that and talk about the best case scenario.
By locking up Morin for 3 years, the Flyers have a chance to see him grow into the second pair that he likely is.
If he does end up as a second pair talent, being paid replacement level money will free up the Flyers for future extensions for Provorov, Sanheim and Travis Konecny.
All in all, this deal does the Flyers a ton of good and has no real downside. At worst, Morin ends up anchoring the Phantoms, at best, he develops into a solid penalty killing defender.